1932 Tatra 80

1932 Tatra 80 1932 Tatra 80 1932 Tatra 80 Tatra's history dates back to the early 1850s when Ignac Schustala and Adolf Raska established a coach and cart factory in Koprivnice, Czech. Their first automobile was created in 1898. On May 21st of 1898, it was driven from Koprivnice to Vienna, a distance of 328 km, in 14.5 hours.

By the start of the 1900s, the company had created their first racing car, called the NW Rennzweier. It was powered by a two-cylinder engine which produced just over 10 horsepower. There was a four-speed manual gearbox and had a top speed of about 112 km/h.

The Tatra 80 was an exclusive automobile with only a few constructed. It was the most expensive and largest vehicle Tatra ever produced. During the early 1930s, only 22 cars were sold. A special Tatra 80 with a landaulet body was created in 1935 for T. G. Masaryk, the Czechoslovak president.

The Tatra 80 was powered by a four-stroke twelve-cylinder liquid-cooled engine capable of producing 120 horsepower and carrying the vehicle to speeds reaching 140 km/h. THe chassis was comprised of tubular steel with transverse leaf springs in the front. The wheels could be purchased as either solid discs or as wire spokes. The car had a four-speed gearbox.

There were only a few bodystyles available, including a cabriolet, sedan, and landaulet. Most of the bodywork was done by coach-building firms. Production lasted from 1931 through 1935 with a total of 25 units being created. They had been introduced during a difficult time in history, when the world was experiencing The Great Depression. The cost of creating one of these ultra-luxury vehicles was steep. Only a few elite in society were able to purchase one and afford their excessive price tag. As such, only a few were ever created.


By Daniel Vaughan | Apr 2007



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Model Year Production

#1#2#3Tatra
1937Ford (942,005)Chevrolet (815,375)Plymouth (566,128)
1936Ford (930,778)Chevrolet (918,278)Plymouth (520,025)
1935Ford (820,253)Chevrolet (548,215)Plymouth (350,884)
1934Ford (563,921)Chevrolet (551,191)Plymouth (321,171)
1933Chevrolet (486,261)Ford (334,969)Plymouth (298,557)
1932Chevrolet (313,404)Ford (210,824)Plymouth (186,106)
1931Chevrolet (619,554)Ford (615,455)Buick (138,965)
1930Ford (1,140,710)Chevrolet (640,980)Buick (181,743)
1929Ford (1,507,132)Chevrolet (1,328,605)Buick (196,104)
1928Chevrolet (1,193,212)Ford (607,592)Willys Knight (231,360)
1927Chevrolet (1,001,820)Ford (367,213)Buick (255,160)

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